Basketball Training

How to Teach Basketball Skills

Basketball is one of the most fundamental sports globally, intending to put the ball in the hoop more times than the other team. Shooting, dribbling, guarding, rebounding, and passing are just a few of the most important basketball skills. For example, if you can’t leap, you can’t be good at rebounding or defending, and if you’re not the fastest, you won’t be as good at defense as someone who is. Practices and methods are used at all levels of the sport to educate the game and produce stronger players effectively.

  • Describe the Skill

This is the most suitable method. The first thing you should do is introduce them to the talent by name. Make sure they understand what they’ll be studying. I prefer to spend a little more time with youth players on this phase, asking questions and engaging their minds. For instance, “today, we’re going to learn how to create a bridge.” “Does anybody know how to define that? 


  • Demonstrate and explain what you’ve learned

Players must display the skill correctly. If you can’t perform it yourself, get the help of a more experienced player to show as you explain. Slowly, step-by-step, and without defense, demonstrate the technique. While you’re doing it, be sure to emphasize the main teaching elements. Always do a few demonstrations of the skill. There are two things you should always do when you’ve completed showing the talent. The first is, have them repeat the essential ideas back to you. And second is to inquire if they have any concerns regarding the expertise.

  • Getting Started

Allow the participants to begin practicing the skill on their own. Is it reasonable to expect them to be flawless in the first five minutes? Certainly not. Allow them to make errors. Allow them to lose the ball a couple of times. Depending on the age of the child, don’t be too concerned with the speed at first. It is more critical that students initially acquire the foundations of their talents.


  • When and Why Should You Use That Skill?

It is the phase in the teaching process that is most frequently overlooked. It makes no difference how effectively you teach the skill or how well individuals understand it if Coaches don’t know when and why to apply it during a basketball game.

We must place the talent in the context of the game. Such entails introducing a defender and illustrating when the game should utilize the skill during a game. Show that when a defender obstructs your dribbling route, you crossover to go around the defender.

  • Repetition

Even though it seems monotonous, there is benefit in repetition. It’s what makes the miraculous appear so simple, the point at which the real job begins. If a player wants to become outstanding at a skill, they must devote time to this phase. As a coach, you must figure out where each of your players is in terms of mastering the talent. While some of your players will be able to take up the talent fast, others will not. And it would help if you always tried to take each of your players out of their comfort zone. Returning to the crossover skill, those who can do it quickly should emphasize speed and keep their heads up, whilst others who are struggling to master the talent should be allowed to continue at their own pace and learn the principles of the skill correctly.

Above is the step-by-step procedure that I follow and recommend to others. The ‘When and why to apply the talent’ is the most critical one to remember to include. That’s the one I see a lot of coaches skip over. It’s critical!


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